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Devi Khakhria is a British born artist of Indian origin who works in variety of media. She trained in glass and ceramics at the Royal College of Art and has gone on to win design awards and to exhibit her innovative work internationally. Her first design studio was at London's Oxo Tower and she attracted many commissions to design both objects and interiors, including the Geffreye Museum in London. Devi has presented her unique work to Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles and Tony Blair amongst others.
As both painter and glass maker, her style is instantly recognisable, combining rich colour with wide ranging decorative motifs to express a dynamic harmony. Her work combines both Eastern and Western cultural influences and reflects the legacy of many 20th century Modern artists. The inspiration of the musical and the spiritual are equally strong themes.
The Glass and Ceramics
Devi Khakhria makes glass pieces by hand, using kiln-formed processes. The glass is enamelled by hand and colour is built up in layers, each colour fired individually to fuse perfectly into the surface of the glass.
These glass pieces are like paintings on glass, the glass is formed into shape by her in a mould to create highly decorative objects. These enduring pieces combine lines of music, motifs and type all woven together to result in a dynamic combination of surface and form.
As a result, each piece is completely unique, as the firing process can often change the outcome and therefore the process is part of the end-result.
Devi has pioneered the use of traditional ceramic techniques on the surfaces of bone china and glass, to create objects that have universal appeal and find a home in both traditional or contemporary interiors.
The dance of life is the subject here, a driving spirit of energy and emotion generated by being amidst the dynamic and harmonious island scenery.
Life expresses itself through nature and our consciousness in the form of constant movement. These decorative landscape works reflect time that I have spent travelling recently, forming experiences that have a dream-like quality in my mind's eye.
In the backgrounds of these paintings are the abstract light and cloud effects of the extraordinary skies which I have witnessed this summer, amongst the mountains of New Zealand and on the beaches of Jersey.
I have used the leaf forms like musical notes to express the rhythms and conversations which I discovered through nature. Each unique leaf is chosen for its strong and delicate qualities and is celebrated by the use of gold.